Doi Suthep

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Doi Suthep
Doi Suthep is located in Thailand
Doi Suthep
Doi Suthep
Location in Thailand
Elevation 1,676 m (5,499 ft)
Listing Buddhist temples on mountaintops in Thailand
Location Chiang Mai (Thailand)
Range Shan Hills
Coordinates 18°48′46″N 98°53′37″E / 18.81278°N 98.89361°E / 18.81278; 98.89361Coordinates: 18°48′46″N 98°53′37″E / 18.81278°N 98.89361°E / 18.81278; 98.89361
Type granite
Easiest route drive

Doi Suthep (ดอยสุเทพ), is a mountain located in Chiang Mai Province, Thailand. It is 1,676 metres (5,499 ft) tall and is one of the twin peaks of a granite mountain located west of Chiang Mai. The other peak is known as Doi Pui and is slightly taller (1,685 m).

Panoramic view of Doi Suthep as seen from Chiang Mai

Doi Suthep is located 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) away from Chiang Mai city centre. Most of the bedrock of the mountain is granite. The vegetation below c. 1,000 m is mostly deciduous forest and evergreen above this height.

Panoramic view of Chiang Mai and surroundings as seen from Doi Suthep

The Doi Suthep - Doi Pui hill is part of the Thanon Thong Chai Range, the southernmost subrange of the Shan Highland system.[1] Other high peaks of the same range are Doi Luang Chiang Dao (2,175 m), Doi Pui (1,685 m), and Doi Inthanon, the highest point in Thailand, reaching 2,565 m.[2]

Road in Doi Suthep - Doi Pui National Park
Sounds of night time animals during the rainy season; recorded at the foot of Doi Suthep

The Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep temple is on top of a hill (Around 1060m) forming Doi Suthep. This Buddhist place of worship dates back to the year 1383 when the first chedi was built.[3] It is an important pilgrimage spot for the devout and a legend featuring a white elephant is connecteed to this revered site. There are spectacular views of Chiang Mai city and its surroundings from the top of this mountain.

This mountain is part of the Doi Suthep-Pui National Park. The park was established in 1981 and has an area of 261 square kilometres (101 sq mi) that includes the Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep temple as well as Bhubing palace, placed among flower gardens.

Doi Pui, the other peak of the massif, is located close by along a surfaced road as well as through forest paths. Hmong hill tribe people live in the surrounding area.


  1. ^ The Physical Geography of Southeast Asia, Avijit Gupta, Oxford University Press, 2005. ISBN 978-0-19-924802-5
  2. ^ Wolf Donner, The Five Faces of Thailand. Institute of Asian Affairs, Hamburg 1978 - ISBN 0-7022-1665-8
  3. ^ Benjamin Malcolm: Doi Suthep Thailand

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